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Inter-Programmatic Meeting

June 30 @ 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

This event will be held in person at the University of Illinois Chicago Student Center West, Second Floor Thompson Rooms

Register in advance for this meeting

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This year, the Cancer Center is organizing an inter-programmatic retreat instead of organizing individual program retreats to help promote collaboration between programs. This retreat will showcase the innovative research in all three Cancer Center programs and highlight how focused areas and themes transcend individual programmatic science. You will also hear an update on the Cancer Center’s plans to apply for National Cancer Institute designation and an overview of the 2022-27 strategic plan.



Time Agenda Item Speaker
8 – 8:45 a.m. Arrival and Breakfast
8:45 – 9 a.m. Retreat Goals

Where the Cancer Center Stands and Where it is Going

(5 minutes Q&A)

Jan Kitajewski, PhD

Cancer Center Director

9 – 10 a.m.



Fostering Inter-Disciplinary Science in Cancer Center Programs

National Cancer Institute Funding – MPI & Strategies to Increase

Inter-programmatic/intra-programmatic publications:
Strategies to Increase

Thematic Inter-programmatic Opportunities of Priority Populations and Health Equity

(5 minutes Q & A)

Jan Kitajewski, PhD
Breast Cancer


Kent Hoskins, MD


Prostate Cancer Donald Vander Griend, PHD

Larisa Nonn, PhD

Natalie Reizine, MD

Colorectal Cancer and Persistent Poverty Marian Fitzgibbon, PhD

Yamilé Molina, PhD

Hepatocellular Carcinoma Natalia Nieto, PharmD, PhD

Nissim Hay, PhD

10 – 10:35 a.m. Tying Scientific Research with Catchment area Yamilé Molina, PhD
10:35 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 – 11 a.m. Cancer Research Training and Education Core (CRTEC)

The Importance of Training Grants, Summer Programs, Faculty Development

Larisa Nonn, PhD
11 – 12:10 p.m. Cancer Center Shared Resources

Core Presentations: 5 min each (plus posters)

Biorepository Update

Tissue Micro Arrays

Donald Vander Griend, PhD
Computer and Data Science (CADS) – Disease Site Cohort (DSC) platform (15 min)

Other Emerging Resources

(15 min Q &A)

Sandeep Kataria

Jun Sun, PhD

Ece Mutlu, MD, MS

12:10 – 12:40 p.m. Plan to Enhance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

New Cancer Center Support Grant Requirement

Updates from Listening Sessions and Retreat

Strategies to Enhance Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Heather Prendergast, MD
12:40 – 1:50 p.m. Lunch

Roundtables and Posters

·       New Technologies/AI Breakout

·       Translation and Drug Discovery Breakout

·       Breast Cancer

·       Prostate Cancer

·       Colorectal

·       Persistent poverty

·       Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Associate Directors and Program Leaders will facilitate discussions at each table
1:50 – 3 p.m. Lightning Talks


Cancer Prevention and Control

5-minute talks and Q&A

Jacob Krive, PhD, MS

Saria Lofton, PhD

Kristen Malecki, PhD, MPH

Translational Oncology

5-minute talks and Q&A

Natalie Reizine, MD

Zongmin Zhao, PhD

Cancer Biology

5-minute talks and Q&A

JaeWon Shin, PhD

Yang Dai, PhD

3:30 – 3:40 p.m.


Closing Remarks


Jan Kitajewski, PhD

V.K. Gadi, MD, PhD

Adjourn for Happy Hour/Networking/Posters



June 30
8:00 am - 4:00 pm


Farah Mirza


Student Center West (SCW), Thompson Rooms, 2nd Floor
828 S. Wolcott Ave.
Chicago, IL 60612 United States
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